Thrift With Me: How to Shop at Thrift Stores for Home Decor

by Simplify

Kristen McGowan is an expert at finding deals while thrift shopping. In her "thrift with me" series, she shows you all the ways you can find home decor on a budget and create your ideal space. Trust me when I say that the budget home decor pieces she’s showing off today are anything but ordinary.

What home decorating ideas on a budget does Kristen share with savvy consumers?

Kristen’s first tip is to look for woven nightstands at your local thrift store. Wicker can be a steal when you buy it second hand and it looks amazing in sunrooms and kids’ bedrooms, in particular.

Her next tip is to check out the china and glassware sections of the store. Here you can find all kinds of unique, one-of-a-kind pieces or sets of dishware marked down. Budget ideas for home decor in this category also include seasonal and holiday-themed items that can be set out for display.

Further along on her "thrift with me" tour, Kristen points out how well hardcover books can transform a table or shelf. She hints that taking off the outer sleeve often leaves a gorgeous, well-made book underneath.

Shopping at thrift stores

And don’t forget about furniture and home improvement materials—all of which are significantly marked down at thrift stores. Here you can find items like mirrors, dressers, nightstands, photo frames, couches, and wall art.

Plus, you can also scoop up trim, wood beams, and light fixtures for your next home improvement project.

Kristen also recommends looking for ceramics and kitchen gadgets to anyone who follows along with her thrift with me series. These items can be marked down quite a bit from what you’d see at other major retailers. So, you can save some big money by buying them at a thrift shop instead.

Thrifting for home decor

For more frugal home ideas, discover these budget-friendly decorating tips or these high-end Dollar Tree DIYs.

To see more videos, check out the Kristen McGowan YouTube channel.

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  • Cathy Cathy on Mar 20, 2023

    I think the numbers on bottom of the vase mean 5 of 76 made. (5/76) I didn't see it very well but that's what I thought

  • Debbie Lamont Debbie Lamont on Nov 30, 2023

    The glassware you put in your basket are actually for desserts not wine glasses .